Thriving at University: the perspective of a student with Autism – Rhys Jenkins

A Swansea University Medical graduate who has autism will share his experiences of university life in a talk at Swansea University Medical School this month.

Thriving at University: the perspective of a student with Autism by Rhys Jenkins’ will take place at Swansea University Medical School, Swansea University (Singleton Campus) on Tuesday 26 April 2016 from 5.30 to 7pm. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

About the speaker

Rhys Jenkins, 24, from Skewen in Neath was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 16 and has since wanted to raise greater awareness of the condition.

On completion of a law degree at Cardiff University, Rhys started to give talks to help other students understand Autism better. Keen to learn more about his condition, he applied to Swansea, one of the only universities in the UK to offer an MSc in autism and related conditions.

During his time at Swansea University, Rhys conducted several seminar talks for the medical school and often for students in the students' union.

Since graduating in January, Rhys has gone on to develop a training business called Autvantage, which won him a prize during Global Enterprise Week and a high commendation at the Swansea start-up weekend event. The business is part of a new Medical School initiative called the Swansea Hub for Autism Research and Education.

Rhys has been named as an ambassador for autism in Wales for his dedication and work towards raising awareness.

Rhys said: “This presentation is about three important elements all to do with university life whilst living with a life changing condition. Firstly, it concerns what it can be like before you attend university, the prospect of it. Secondly, it's a talk about the challenges and benefits of studying at university. And finally it's a prospective survival guideline for other young people with a life changing condition who are considering going to university and those who already study for their degrees. The talk will also be of benefit for parents who wish the best for their child in life essentially because university is all about changing one’s life.”